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Provencal Rosé: 2022 L'Oratoire

Made by the owners of Château Talbot, our excellent L'Oratoire Provence rosé from Domaine Saint Andrieu has grown in popularity year by year.  The 2022 has a pale, delicate colour and excellent balance on the palate.  At just £110 per dozen bottles in bond (equivalent to £14.21 per bottle including all taxes) we think this is the best quality you will find at this price by some distance.  

2022 was a hot, dry year in Provence and there were no vine maladies to contend with, so the fruit achieved optimal ripeness and was in perfect condition at harvest.  The harvest began early and this appears to have been a great success in retaining acidity in the fruit.   We particularly noticed fresh, clean aromas and flavours of cucumber and mint in the 2022, along with delicate peach fruits, all leading to an impressively long finish. 

Quite how the domaine has made a wine like this in such a warm year is beyond us, but it's worth remembering Saint Andrieu's connections with Château Talbot in assurance of a very accomplished winemaking team, able to find the perfect balance in any year.

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Offered in bond.

Domaine Saint Andrieu, Provence

Producer Profile

Domaine Saint Andrieu, Provence

Domaine Saint Andrieu is in an achingly beautiful setting, in the foothills of the Alps, a few kilometres north of the medieval town of Brignolles (an ancient capital of Provence).  This is the heart of the Coteaux Varois En Provence AOC.  The limestone soils here give the rosés more structure than is generally found in wines from nearer the coast.

Nancy Bignon-Cordier bought the domaine in 2003, with 30 hectares of vines and olive trees set amongst the larger 600 hectare estate of woodland and garrigue.  Cordier and her winemaker Gregior Guibergia (below) bring all the expertise and technical know-how you would expect from the owners of the great Bordeaux names of Châteaux Talbot and Sénéjac.

The winery is gravity-fed and the parcels of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle grapes are vinified in small batches, with an extremely delicate pressing for the rosé; in fact the first 70% of the juice runs freely from the grapes, under their own weight (known as the 'jus de goutte'), with minimal skin contact.

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